Santana went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in Monday's 7-2 win over the Indians. Santana delivered a two-run knock in the fourth inning, then stole a base in the sixth, putting himself in position to score on a wild pitch. He started in right field -- just his second start there this season -- after Hunter Pence (hamstring) was placed on the injured list and with Nomar Mazara (hamstring) unavailable. Mazara could be back Tuesday, per T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, but only as a designated hitter. That means Santana, who is 6-for-12 over his last three games, could be back in the lineup Tuesday.
Santana will start at shortstop and bat sixth Sunday against the Reds. Though Santana finds himself in the starting nine for a second straight day, the Rangers appear to view him as more of a utility player than a lineup mainstay. He'll merely be filling in Sunday for Elvis Andrus, who is getting a well-deserved breather following 22 consecutive starts. Playing time may be even more difficult to come by for Santana once Joey Gallo (oblique) is back from the injured list later this month.
Santana went 4-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored in Monday's 4-3 win over Boston. The Rangers trailed after eight innings when Santana ignited a ninth-inning rally to overcome the deficit, then he scored the game-deciding run after doubling in the 11th. There are at-bats available with Joey Gallo (oblique) on the shelf, and Santana is one of the beneficiaries. He's started the last five games while hitting .400 (8-for-20) with four extra-base hits, three RBI and three runs scored.
Santana went 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Athletics. Santana's triple, his second of the season, knocked in an insurance run in the 3-1 victory. He no longer plays every day as he did when filling in for an injured Rougned Odor, but the Rangers value his versatility and give him 4-to-5 starts per week. Santana is slashing .291/.331/.470 over 145 plate appearances.
Santana went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Royals. Santana got the start in center field in place of the injured Joey Gallo, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with an oblique injury. While Gallo is unavailable, expect Santana and the recently called up Delino DeShields Jr. to play center field.
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